Summer Sessions 2021 Course Syllabus
Course: DENG-0301- Section: 71
Foundations of Composition
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Instructor Information
Instructor Chandra Brooks
Phone(409) 984-6434
Location:Student Success Center - Room: 128
COVID 19 Information The Lamar State College Port Arthur (LSCPA) Student Code of Conduct COVID 19 Policy requires students who have been exposed to COVID 19 or diagnosed with COVID 19 to report their condition on the COVID 19 Notification Form (available via a link on the Student Code of Conduct COVID19 webpage). This information will be provided to the Dean of Student Services. In addition, this policy requires all students to wear face coverings in compliance with the criteria included in the policy. For more information please refer to the COVID 19 link on the LSCPA website.
Course Information
Description Intensive study of and practice in writing processes, from invention and researching to drafting, revising, and editing, both individually and collaboratively. Emphasis on effective rhetorical choices, including audience, purpose, arrangement, and style. Focus on writing the academic essay as a vehicle for learning, communicating, and critical analysis.
Prerequisites TSI placement scores indicate that students would benefit from a non-course based option (NCBO) as a co-enrollment requirement for ENGL 1301 Composition I. Students are placed in this course based on TSI numbers, successful completion of base competency courses such as DENG 0410 and 0110, or advisory discretion.
Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this course (CoReq w/ENGL 1301), students will:

Locate explicit textual information, draw complex inferences, and describe, analyze, and evaluate the
information within and across multiple texts of varying length.

Comprehend and use vocabulary effectively in oral communication, reading, and writing.

Identify and analyze the audience, purpose, and message across a variety of texts.

Describe and apply insights gained from reading and writing a variety of texts.

Compose a variety of texts that demonstrate reading comprehension, clear focus, logical development of
ideas, and use of appropriate language that advance the writer’s purpose.

Determine and use effective approaches and rhetorical strategies for given reading and writing situations.

Generate ideas and gather information relevant to the topic and purpose, incorporating the ideas and words
of other writers in student writing using established strategies.

Evaluate relevance and quality of ideas and information in recognizing, formulating, and developing a claim.

Develop and use effective reading and revision strategies to strengthen the writer’s ability to compose
college-level writing assignments.

Recognize and apply the conventions of standard English in reading and writing.
Core Objectives Communication skills: Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.

Critical Thinking Skills: Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.

Teamwork: Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal and consider different points of view.

Personal Responsibility: Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Textbooks Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

Hawkes Learning software Foundations of English is required for successful completion of the course. It can be purchased at
Lecture Topics
Online Course
Major Assignments

Understanding Nouns
Understanding Pronouns
Using an Appropriate Tone
Maintaining Consistent Person and Tense


Understanding Verbs
Understanding Adjectives and Adverbs
Identifying Common Sentence Errors
Understanding Commas
Understanding Prepositions
Understanding Clauses and Conjunctions
Using Semicolons and Colons
Emphasizing Words and Phrases


Using Consistent Subjects and Verbs
Using Consistent Pronouns and Antecedents
Using Apostrophes
Using Capitalization and Italics
Using Abbreviations and Numbers


Spelling Commonly Confused Words
Proofreading Sentences for Grammar
Using Parallelism, Coordination and Subordination


Identifying the Characteristics of Sentences
Determining a Writing Style
Correcting Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers
Using Word and Sentence Variety
Proofreading Sentences for Style

Week 6

Writing Assignment

Final Exam Date July 12, 2021 - 8:0 AM   Through  July 12, 2021 - 10:0 AM
Grading Scale This foundational instruction is designed as a co-requisite, non-credit non-course-based option; therefore, students will receive grades of Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory based on a traditional grading scale. Students who earn below 70% average for the semester will receive an grade of Unsatisfactory.
Determination of
Final Grade
Hawkes assignments: 50%
Participation, discussion items, and supplemental writing assignments: 50%
Course Policies
Instructor Policies Email is the easiest way to get in touch with me ( Please remember to include our class name AND section in the subject line (ex. DENG 0301-71 FC).
Attendance Policy Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and course participation and college success. Please be sure to complete written assignments and activities with due dates by the time indicated.
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
Facility Policies
  1. No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  2. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  3. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the the Office for Disability Services Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
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Email is the easiest way to get in touch with me ( Please remember to include our class name AND section in the subject line (ex. DENG 0301-71 FC).
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.
General Education and Developmental Studies
Chair:Dr. Michelle Davis
Phone:(409) 984-6341

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